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The Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park, completed in 1976, is built from parts culled from three other older mills scattered across the state. Today it stands as a living monument to the over 500 mills that thrived at turn of the century.  
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Snowshoe Ski Resort recently evolved into one of the Mid-Atlantic's largest mountain bike meccas, with lift-service downhill runs, cross-country trails, terrain parks, and a variety of fat-tire special events throughout the spring, summer, and fall.  
Credit: courtesy, Snowshoe Resort 
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During the 20th century, coal mining played a major role in the state's economy, with the expected, devastating results on the environment. Most plants closed within the last 20 years, and today the state's verdant landscape—and the tourist dollars it generates—form a significant portion of the state's income.  
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Founded in 1968, Wildwater Expeditions was the state's first licensed rafting operator. Today, dozens of outfitters run the New River and the famed Gauley, which becomes one of the world's most furious rivers when water is released from the Summersville Dam from September through October.  
Credit: courtesy, Wildwater Expeditions 
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On the third weekend of October, the 867-foot New River Gorge Bridge hosts its annual Bridge Day Festival, where BASE jumpers leap off and drop to the churning New River far below. The festival also coincides with the final weekend of the Gauley rafting season.  
Credit: Nathan Borchelt 
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The Mountain State's role in the Civil War was largely over by 1862, though Stonewall Jackson, a West Virginia native, made his influence felt until the end of the war in 1865. Today, history buffs can retrace West Virginia's role along the Civil War Discovery trail, which links over 300 sites across 16 states.  
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John Brown's attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers... Harpers Ferry's fame is vast and varied. But to through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail, it means one very important thing: the midway point.  
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